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Dear Drunk Driver - Yes Thats You Think of some nice family you know Think about a caring fun dad who works hard to provide for his family Think about the mom who puts enormous energy every day into making her childrens lives delightful Think about how carefully they have crafted their lives how deliberate they are in their success Think about how the parents have taught the kids little lessons over the years like not to touch a hot stove to always buckle up to look both ways to stay close to mom in public places to wear a helmet How important all those lessons are Now imagine yourself running one of them over as you did me Imagine that all my careful planning could not protect me from you Imagine me at the hospital their lives shaken and their future scary Now imagine that I died What would you feel and what would you do Well I did die Now remember it is your entire fault Know that you will go to sleep each night with this forever on your conscience Know that no one will care whether you are a social drinker or an alcoholic the tragic result is the same Know that you are negligent and that society has a right to be protected from you Know that you have sent a family into crisis and that you have sent me to the grave If you think you were the only one who has done something this immortalizing youre wrong With my anger rising I remembered some information that I got from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Web site and found these sobering statistics which MADD culled from the National Traffic Safety Administration Out of 41611 traffic deaths in 1999 15786 of them or 38 percent were alcohol related 26 million drunken driving crashes each year victimize 4 million innocent people who are either injured or
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